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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Review: The Isobel Journal

The Isobel Journal is just that: a journal filled with doodles, photos, scraps of text and the innermost thoughts of a teenage girl. It is as much a work of art as it is a book.

Isobel starts by introducing her family and her place in the world: a place where nothing really happens. However, as she shares her quirky ways, sense of dress and her heart, I couldn’t help but sigh in wonder at the universality of her story.

Simple text with short phrasing and oodles of artwork allows teenagers of all abilities access to The Isobel Journal. From music to princess mugs, favourite animals and dating troubles, Isobel’s hopes and heartbreaks became mine. She reminded me of times when I was narky with a date and couldn’t get over a breakup, but she also offered the surprise of a happy ending that was always there, waiting to be rediscovered.

Whether you enjoy flicking to your favourite illustration or mulling over every page in sequence, The Isobel Journal will offer hours of entertainment.

Title: The Isobel Journal
Author/Illustrator: Isobel Harrop
Publisher: Hot Key Books, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: October 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471402272
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult

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